If you have some particular aversion to synths, you might as well stop reading right now. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, aka O.M.D., use the electronic music making device like most bands use the guitar; the British synth-pop specialists embraced the emergence of the instrument when they formed in 1978 and haven’t looked back since. Since then the band has gone through several incarnations (including the employment of more keyboardists than Spinal Tap had drummers), but in 2006, after an extended hiatus, co-founder Andy McCluskey announced the reformation of the original lineup, which included McCluskey, fellow founding member Paul Humphreys, as well as Malcolm Holmes on drums and Martin Cooper on keys. Over the next few years the reformed group toured mainly in support of their 1981 album Architecture & Morality. Last September, however, O.M.D. released History of Modern, their 11th studio album overall and first since getting the original cast back together.
Performing live at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin on the second day of KEXP’s broadcast during SXSW, the founding members, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, performed a dance-inspiring set mixed with songs old and new. “Enola Gay”? Check. “If You Leave”? Check. Check out the photos here: